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Doctorow writes: "Wikileaks has published a leaked draft - dated Oct, 5, and thus possibly the final text - of the 'Intellectual Property Chapter' of the Trans Pacific Partnership, and it's grim reading."

A man holds a placard as he takes part in a protest against Trans-Pacific Partnership in Japan. (photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg)
A man holds a placard as he takes part in a protest against Trans-Pacific Partnership in Japan. (photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg)

Leaked TPP Intellectual Property Chapter Spells Doom for Free Speech Online

By Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

10 October 15


ikileaks has published a leaked draft -- dated Oct, 5, and thus possibly the final text -- of the "Intellectual Property Chapter" of the Trans Pacific Partnership, and it's grim reading.

First in the parade of the Just Plain Wrong: the Internet has been included in a secret trade agreement.

Second: that the Internet is in a trade agreement at all

Third: The chapter dealing with the Internet is the intellectual property chapter, which tells you that as far as the negotiators were concerned, the most important fact about the Internet is whether people watch movies without paying for them -- not whether the nervous system of the 21st century through which we conduct our work, family, romantic, artistic, and political lives is appropriately safeguarded.

Then we get into the specifics.

Under the terms of the text, countries in the TPP can force each other to suspend legal proceedings if the trial would cause embarrassing information -- information "detrimental to a party’s economic interests, international relations, or national defense or national security" -- would come to light. That would be the Wikileaks/Snowden clause.

Also, if one country is prosecuting someone for "intellectual property theft," they can require other countries to turn over huge amounts of private data: "information regarding any person involved in any aspect of the infringement or alleged infringement, and regarding the means of production or the channels of distribution of the infringing or allegedly infringing goods or services, including the identification of third persons alleged to be involved in the production and distribution of such goods or services and of their channels of distribution."

In other words, if you're accused of downloading anime in America, the Japanese government can force your American ISP to hand over all of your parents' online records.

“The text of the TPP’s intellectual property chapter confirms advocates warnings that this deal poses a grave threat to global freedom of expression and basic access to things like medicine and information,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of internet activist group Fight for the Future. “But the sad part is that no one should be surprised by this. It should have been obvious to anyone observing the process, where appointed government bureaucrats and monopolistic companies were given more access to the text than elected officials and journalists, that this would be the result.”

Wikileaks release of TPP deal text stokes 'freedom of expression' fears [Sam Thielman/The Guardian]

TPP Treaty: Intellectual Property Rights Chapter - 5 October 2015 [Wikileaks] your social media marketing partner


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+42 # RnR 2015-10-10 21:38
The negotiators are really the piss of the universe. Along with the proponents of this.

I guess that's why they're arming the cops with military grade weapons huh? I used to think those ideas were for nut jobs.
+42 # Farafalla 2015-10-10 22:10
TPP is an evil assault on so many fronts. It has to be opposed and it has to fail. Do all you can to stop this monster.
+41 # Thomas Martin 2015-10-10 22:36
We’re witnessing the dissolving away of influence that US citizens have in establishing laws that we ourselves live by! … this through a “deal” worked out among “world powers,” only one of which is nominally “the US” … a deal which was kept secret even from the leaders we ourselves democratically elected, a deal that carte blanche gives away the freedoms and rights our country used to depend on us, its citizens, to establish and hold, a deal that establishes the rights of corporations over US sovereignty. We’re giving up our country if we buy into the TPP!
+21 # Kwamined 2015-10-11 05:28
The TPP suborns sovereignty -- democratic or otherwise. It hands controlling powers to unelected corporate interests and their enablers in the military, police, and governments. Thus, the negotiators are traitors guilty of treason. Traitors are hung or shot, are they not? To arms, citizens.
+21 # RnR 2015-10-11 06:36
Here are the 28 democratic traitors who voted for fast track:

Terri Sewell (AL-07)
Susan Davis (CA-53)
Sam Farr (CA-20)
Jim Costa (CA-16)
Ami Bera (CA-07)
Scott Peters (CA-52)
Jared Polis (CO-02)
James Himes (CT-04)
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23)
Mike Quigley (IL-05)
John Delaney (MD-06)
Brad Ashford (NE-02)
Gregory Meeks (NY-05)
Kathleen Rice (NY-04)
Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)
Kurt Schrader (OR-05)
Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01)
Jim Cooper (TN-05)
Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15)
Eddie Johnson (TX-30)
Henry Cuellar (TX-28)
Beto O'Rourke (TX-16)
Gerald Connolly (VA-11)
Donald Beyer (VA-08)
Rick Larsen (WA-02)
Suzan DelBene (WA-01)
Derek Kilmer (WA-06)
Ron Kind (WI-03)

If you think Hillary won't ultimately support the TPP (touting some "changes made that satisfy her") you're crazy. Notice L'il Debbies name.

A testimony to the stupidiy and greed of the average congressperson. Oh, if I remember correctly, L'il Debbie was put into place by Barry.
0 # MidwestTom 2015-10-11 09:22
Here is an appraisal which clarifies what thus really is:
+2 # iris.1 2015-10-11 11:19
I wonder what this would do to, or for my case against some burglars who raided our recording studio in mexico and pirated my husbands original compostions. the law here wont do sqaut. eeekk! Ijust criticised the cops!
+4 # tedrey 2015-10-11 16:49
Obviously a government which could perpetuate such a monstrous crime against its own people is no longer worthy of their support. This is far worse than taxing tea. This is negating one side of the agreed treaty between people and government, while expecting the people to keep to their side of the agreement.

If the TPP is passed, I do not see how the government can longer pretend to any vestige of legitimacy. We will then owe them neither taxes nor obedience nor respect, and should proceed to establish new rules for governance as we see fit, perhaps in league with other oppressed people of other lands.
+4 # Aliazer 2015-10-11 19:47
And I suppose this is Obama's Legacy at the end of his term??

As a chief warmonger, with a Nobel Peace Prize to boot, one has to give him credit for putting wool over everyone's eyes.

America is being had by all of our sundry leaders and no one is going to the guillotine!!!
+1 # Buddha 2015-10-13 12:05
Just one more brick in the wall they are building of global corpo-fascism.

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